Monday, April 6, 2009

Reaching for the Light

Check this out!

Read more about this awesome nebula and a pulsar here.

Meantime, here's a quote from the article:

The red light (is) actually a neighboring gas cloud, RCW 89, energized into glowing by the fingers of the PSR B1509-58 nebula, astronomers believe.

The scene, which spans 150 light-years, is about 17,000 light years away, so what we see now is how it actually looked 17,000 years ago, and that light is just arriving here.

image courtesy of NASA


Alexander Field said...

This looks eerily like a hand reaching out to grab a hot coal! Wow, thanks for posting this cool picture - perhaps one to inspire a story of some kind? : )

Keanan Brand said...

I have a downloaded photo of the God's Eye nebula, too, which is freakishly cool. Yep, great story material!